29 Jul '13, 8pm

A Birthday For Pixar’s RenderMan Software

A Birthday For Pixar’s RenderMan Software

Catmull, now president of Walt Disney, isn’t the only computer scientist to contribute to RenderMan's DNA. When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Honored the technology with an Oscar in 2001, it recognized three: Catmull, Loren Carpenter (now chief scientist at Pixar) and Rob Cook (now retired). I described their individual paths to developing computer graphics technology that came together in RenderMan in IEEE Spectrum ’s April 2001 article “And the Oscar Goes To…” (The trio did indeed get an Oscar for RenderMan. It was the very first Oscar ever given to developers of software.)

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/software/a-b...

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